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Dr. Hindt highlights some of the accomplishments of Katy ISD students and staff members.
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Community to Dedicate SPARK Park at Franz ElementaryCommunity to Dedicate SPARK Park at Franz Elementary2017-12-12T18:27:45Z<div class="ExternalClass29BBD3CE7EA049F0A9F7C39049702A7A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Franz Elementary family invites the community, parents, staff, students and media partners to the official dedication of their new SPARK Park.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Due to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Franz Elementary<br>2751 Westgreen Blvd.<br>Katy, TX  77449</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Thursday, December 14<br></strong></span><strong>9 a.m.</strong></p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation AwardKaty ISD "No Texting and Driving" Video Receives Innovation Award2017-12-12T01:28:12Z<div class="ExternalClass82D7DE86B28D4008A11E372D6C08BD77"><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span>T</span><span>he Katy Independent School District receives the 2017 Risk Ma</span><span>nagement Innovation Award for its "No Texting and Driving" video. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Risk Management Department, along with employees from Communications, Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction and the Katy ISD Police Department produced the video to provide awareness of the new "no texting and driving" statewide law which took effect on September 1, 2017.  The video was distributed to over three million people as well as to the top 100 school districts in the nation.  Prior to the law taking effect the video was disseminated to all Katy ISD schools and till this day it is used as an informative piece to save lives.</p><p>Click here to view the <a href="https://youtu.be/ckcrcZG61rs">"No Texting and Driving" video</a>.​</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0294%20-%20smaller%20for%20web.jpg" alt="IMG_0294 - smaller for web.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>(Attribution from left to right:  Bill Lacy, Board of Trustee, Brandy Richard, Employee Relations Coordinator for Human Resources, Tiffany Shirey, English Language Arts Teacher at Paetow High School and Lance Nauman, Director of Katy ISD Risk Management.)</p></div>
PASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISDPASA Project Continued Growth in Katy ISD2017-12-05T02:24:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E2E0DA5FE5D4FA98D13BBD60E6F2FC1"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">During the December Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA) presented the Katy Independent School District 2017 Demographic Update an</span><span style="text-align:justify;">d provided student enrollment projections for the upcoming years.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to PASA, Katy ISD is expected to reach nearly <strong>100,000</strong> students by 2027.  Based on the current growth rate, Katy ISD has been ranked second in adding students in Texas.  During the past five years, over 13,000 new students have enrolled in Katy ISD, more than any other school district in the Greater Houston area.  By September 2017, Katy ISD ranked fourth in adding new single family housing.  While the district is currently 65% built out, PASA projects the majority of all remaining growth in Katy is expected to take place in the northwest quadrant of the district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD works closely with PASA to determine attendance boundary modifications needed as the district continues to grow and new schools are added.</p></div>
Katy ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK ParkKaty ISD Memorial Parkway Elementary Celebrates New SPARK Park2017-12-04T18:11:48Z<div class="ExternalClass5F4FFBA92A9E42D3A8B4E0CAB9294F35"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) Choir officially kicked off the dedication ceremony of their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, MPE parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant in the amount of $129,331.  The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, modular playground equipment, an amphitheater and other amenities.  When visitors walk through the main entrance of the park, they will notice the school mascot, a panther, as well as 26 new trees from Trees for Houston.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our area was considered a park desert because there are no local parks where children could go to play," said Assistant Principal Sharlu Melville, who led the effort to create the park.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"With this park, we are benefitting not only the school and its students, but also strengthening this community and its families," added Ashley Vann, Board of Trustee President.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations.  This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lvybvhecue7asmo/AACBDoAIAPpMPBtm-BQ7APCIa?dl=0">Pictures of MPE SPARK Park Event</a> </p></div>
Katy ISD Assistant Principal Nominated as "Life Changer of the Year"Katy ISD Assistant Principal Nominated as "Life Changer of the Year"2017-11-30T15:22:42Z<div class="ExternalClass103F48919E834181B06B13E93F1E1C14"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that Cardiff Junior High (CJH) Assistant Principal Lisa Forney has been nominated by a local business partner as a "Life Changer of the Year" for going above and beyond for her students and community.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">After Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Forney put pen to paper and outlined a comprehensive plan to meet the immediate needs of the Cardiff faculty and staff who were hardest hit by the storm.  Thus was born the "CJH Boots on the Ground Initiative" which consisted of a group of volunteers who cleaned out flooded homes, delivered food to work crews and collected donated items.  She went even further by reaching out to non-profit organizations to sponsor families and support them as they worked to get back on their feet. Because of Ms. Forney's detailed planning, communication skills and her dedication to the community, many families received the help they needed after the storm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, her work didn't end when the flood waters receded.  With the help of many staff members, she organized an essential needs pantry that efficiently served over 200 Cardiff families and community members.  Also, as the Thanksgiving season approached, Ms. Forney along with help from Tays Junior High volunteers, many local community partners and non-profit organizations led the coordination of the CJH Thanksgiving Pop-Up Market which provided turkeys and packaged food to over 100 families.  Her goal was to provide a stress-free Thanksgiving!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Forney's desire to give without expectation has inspired and changed the lives of many.  Together as a school community, let's help her win the National Grand Prize by visiting the <a href="https://goo.gl/Un65yx">Forney Life Changer of the Year profile</a> and leaving a comment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Life Changer of the Year is a national program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/113017_CJH_Lisa%20Forney%20Formal%20smaller.jpg" alt="113017_CJH_Lisa Forney Formal smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now OpenJason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Open2017-11-17T14:51:14Z<div class="ExternalClass39D307618588478E8552EDD42BE1AFCE"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Do you love science and are you interested in working with researchers as they gather data in the field? The Jason Learning Argonaut Adventure might be a good fit for you. One Katy ISD student (age 13-17 on June 1st, 2018) and one Katy ISD secondary teacher will be selected to participate in an all-expense paid Argonaut Adventure this summer. View the <a href="https://tinyurl.com/Argonaut2018">application and FAQs </a>for more information.   Application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2018.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Katy Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TXKaty Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TX2017-11-13T21:32:20Z<div class="ExternalClassF3F900A3172B4A289A7F45B61E12F4F4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">As residents drive by Katy Elementary, a bright blue historical marker now sits on the campus at the same spot where the first City of Katy schoolhouse was built 119 years ago.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Friday, November 10, the Harris County Historical Society honored the founding fathers by granting a historical marker to the city's first public school.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A one-room schoolhouse was built in 1898 where children could learn, grow and develop.  Little did the visionaries know that their small town would blossom into a thriving community of more than 17,000 people.  The current Katy Elementary campus was built in 1965, renovated in 1989, and again in 1995.  Today, students play on the same location as the original playground and the first schoolhouse bell hangs in the main entrance of the current campus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Today's paw prints are tomorrow's legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony where past generations of students and staff members were present.  Among those in the crowd was 92-year-old Melvin Jordan who recalls riding on horseback with his brothers to and from school as a first grader.  Currently, there are 11 students attending Katy Elementary who are 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> generation members of the original class of Katy Tigers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1637174009636015">Pictures of Katy Elementary Historical Event</a> </p></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM ReferendumVoters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>

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